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Biding time…

Warm and humid conditions expected this Sunday. Bleah.

Workout notes: mini weights: rotator cuff, a few squats, (weightless), 15-(10-5) pull ups (second set: 10, then quickly change grip and get 5 more),
incline press: 10 x 135, 8 x 150, military: 15 x 50 (seated, supported), 10 x 40, rows: 2 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbell, 1 round of 12 twist crunch, 10 yoga leg lifts, 10 moving bridges, headstand.
2 mile walk (BU loop, Bradley Ave., Moss, Cooper).

Just enough to take the edge off; I thought about some math while walking.

September 23, 2016 Posted by | walking, weight training | Leave a comment

getting there…

Workout notes: 3 miles on the treadmill after a mini weight workout.

Weights: 2/3 of a usual workout. rotator cuff, weightless squats, pull ups (3 sets of 10), bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, incline: 7 x 150, 10 x 135. Military: seated, supported, 15 x 50, standing 10 x 45. Rows: 10 x 50 dumbbell, 10 x 110 machine. 1 set of : 12 twist crunch, 10 yoga leg lifts, 10 moving half bridge. Then I did some headstand.

That followed by 2 miles of running on the treadmill in 21:30, 1 mile of walking which got me to 3 in 36:08. The legs ARE feeling fresher, though the forecast for Moline this weekend is warmer than I’d like.

News of the weird:

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This might not be as strange as it might appear as I did get on Rick Santorum’s list once, and once I voted in the Republican primary.

Memories:

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Yes, I chuckled when I saw this posting.

But it brought back a memory that is now, perhaps 15 years old or longer. I went to the Franciscan Center (West Peoria) to pick up a packet for the Jamboree 4 mile race. There was a nice looking middle aged lady who was wearing form fitting, sort-of thin white pants. Somehow the discussion of stretching came up and she said: “is that stretch like this” and proceeded to bend over and fold herself in half. She gave me that “am I doing this right?” look.

I did my best to not smile “too much” and said something like “very nice…that looks right” when I should have said “ok, could you show me again?”. Ah, good times.

September 21, 2016 Posted by | butt, running, walking, weight training | , | Leave a comment

Lesson learned…over and over again (sports)

Workout notes: I was up at 4:30 am??? Well, I went ahead and got to the gym (Riverplex) and lifted.

Pull ups (5 sets of 10, good), rotator cuff, lots of goblet squats.
bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 185
incline press: 7 x 150, 10 x 135
military presses: 2 sets of 10 x 45 dumbbell (standing), 10 x 40 standing
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 60 single arm.
head stand (ok), 2 sets of each of 12 twist crunch, 10 yoga leg lifts, 10 moving half bridge.

Then I walked 5 miles: back of Riverplex, to the goose loop, around and to the start of Springdale and back. Note: on the way back, I decided to take the sidewalk because there were runners behind me and I wanted to give them the bike lane. they took the sidewalk…hey..some cute spandex so I was ok.

Sports: I remember back in 1997-1998 when Bradley Basketball beat nationally ranked Michigan at home.

“The Team that Beat Michigan”, they said. But then:

2-08-1997 MICHIGAN W 63-58 10741 Peoria, Ill. WEEK
12-21-1997 at Western Illinois L 50-56 3849 Macomb, Ill.
12-28-1997 at Evansville L 57-59 8105 Evansville, Ind. ESPN
*01-03-1998 INDIANA STATE L 61-65 ot 9716 Peoria, Ill.

None of those teams were nationally ranked. Moral: one good win doesn’t not a good team make.

This Saturday, Illinois State football found that out. They beat Northwestern a week ago this past Saturday, in Evanston. But yesterday: the fell behind and lost to Eastern Illinois at home.

September 18, 2016 Posted by | college football, walking, weight training | , | Leave a comment

Conservative blindness…

Workout notes: weights only. rotator cuff, lots of goblet squats (30’s and 40’s), leg press: 10 x 210
pull ups: (5-5-5), (5-5-5), 10, 10 (5-5-5) do 5, switch grip, do 5, switch grip, do 5 with no rest
bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 185 (good), 10 x 170 (very good for me)
incline press: 10 x 135
military presses: 3 sets of 10 x 45 dumbbell standing
rows: machine: 3 sets of 10 x 110
head stand, 2 sets each of 12 twist crunch, 10 yoga leg lifts, 10 moving half bridges.

Post I still have a few conservative friends on FB and I sometimes read what they have to say. Here is what one of them posted (and this guy is a smart, successful businessman)

Very odd wrinkle, this election. “Mud Slinging” has existed forever. But I can’t recall any election where voters become the target, not the candidates. With the “deplorables” statement/ follow ups, and social media posts where highly partisan potential voters post very negative characterizations of other voters, routinely, it’s hard to think this is good for any of us.

Hmmm, what about Romney’s 47 percent remark?

What about Sarah Palin’s “real America” remark?

Ok, ok, then there were similar remarks directed at Obama voters from…yes, the Clinton campaign …

So…attacking voters is nothing new. People like me have been attacked from the podium since, well, as long as I remember. I am used to it; evidently my sensitive conservative friends are not.🙂

And then there is a different kind of conservative. Oh yes, they HATE Colin Kaepernick not standing for the national anthem…the type of conservative that…flies the Flag of Treason:

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Please spare me this “Southern Heritage” crap. For one, this flag was flown by the Confederate Navy and by some individual armies. But it never flew over a confederate capital city. In fact, this flag came back into “style” when the southern states were pushing back against enforced integration.

Seriously people: if you approve of this flag, YOU are the one who is acting in an unpatriotic manner.

September 16, 2016 Posted by | politics, politics/social, social/political, weight training | Leave a comment

Snap, crackle, pop…

At times my body sounds like Rice Krispies ….

Weights: rotator cuff, lots of goblet squats (with and without weights), pull ups (5 sets of 10)
incline bench: 10 x 135, 8 x 150, 10 x 140
military: 6 x 50 standing, 15 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 40 standing
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 each arm
headstand (easy), 2 sets of: 12 twist crunch, 10 yoga leg lifts 10 moving half-bridges

Then a 5K walk outside.

Taking it easy, doing admin stuff, and laughing at Trump supporters and others who were just so offended by the “basket of deplorables” comment that Hillary Clinton made…oh…and that she got sick. (really)

Sure, Hillary’s concern for privacy deludes people into thinking that she has something to hide. Well, if she does, the thousands who are investigating her must be incompetent idiots.

September 14, 2016 Posted by | politics, politics/social, walking, weight training | , | Leave a comment

Not much…

Not sure where the day went. I slept in Sunday morning; I lifted weights and walked a 5K course.

Weights: I played it safe: rotator cuff, lots of goblet squats and a set of 10 with 210 on the leg press:

5 sets of 10 pull ups, bench press: 10 x 135, 1 x 185 (did not feel “right”), 8 x 170, incline: 7 x 150, 10 x 135
military press: 7 x 50 standing, 15 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 40 standing
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50
head stand (fine), 2 sets of: 12 twist crunch, 10 yoga leg lifts, 10 moving half bridge
Then the 5K walk.

Election: the race has settled into Hillary Clinton being about a 2/1 favorite (down from 4/1) and about 70 percent by 538.com to 90 percent (Princeton). Yes, Hillary Clinton must have a bug of some sort…we all get them. She’ll have to be a bit more open than the rest of us. But it happens; remember the first President Bush throwing up in Japan? Even politicians get sick.

September 12, 2016 Posted by | politics/social, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

Homework and futility …

Workout notes: (speaking of futility)

rotator cuff
squats: lots of weightless squats, a few goblet squats with 25, one set with 40, finished with 10 x 210 leg press
pull ups: 15-10-10-10-5
bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 7 x 170 (weak)
incline press: 6 x 150 (weak), 10 x 135
military: 7 x 50 dumbbell standing, 10 x 45 standing, 10 x 40 standing (couldn’t get 50’s in the air while sitting)
rows: 3 sets of 10 with 50 (single arm)
abs 2 sets each of 12 twist crunch, 10 yoga leg lifts, 10 moving half-bridge.
headstand (surprisingly good)

Bad math/science puns

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dickens

Homework and futility Yes, I know that hard work can get most people, at least of a certain age, to improve on something.
But, well, let me use an example. Take any Division I football coach. What do they spend their time on? Sure, they set up game strategy, decide to who play and set up how to train their players. BUT…they spend a lot of time…recruiting talent. If talent didn’t matter, why is recruiting important?

Again, average players can improve with good coaching and hard training, but only so much.

I think that a similar principle applies in academics.
Sure, students say that they work hard in my classes, but these are college students; those in my engineering/science/mathematics section have a certain aptitude for the subject. Teaching and hard work bring out their talent. But they have it to begin with.

But what about grade school? Don’t they have to take everyone (within reason)?

So, I question the value of assigning too much homework to grade school kids. Again, I am talking about “too much for their level”.
Since this isn’t my field of study, I don’t know what the evidence says, though this post “seems” reasonable to me.

And there is something else going on here: I remember not doing much homework as a kid, and I sure as heck got no help from my parents. Yes, “that was then”. But…I can tell you that students who show up as freshmen in this day and age really aren’t any better prepared than we were..in fact, I’d say “somewhat less so”?

And I do wonder:

Research tells us the following about the impact of homework on children in primary school:

Homework offers no academic advantage. Instead, it overwhelms struggling children and is boring for high achievers.

Interesting…I’ll keep my eyes open for what else is out there.

September 9, 2016 Posted by | education, social/political, weight training | Leave a comment

Running and Football: regrets and gratitude..

Workout notes: weights followed by an easy 5K walk outside (easy). Weights were a mixed bag:
rotator cuff
pull ups (strong) 15-15-10-10
bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 185 (ok), 6 x 170 (very weak)
incline press: 7 x 150, 10 x 135
military press (dumbbell), couldn’t swing up the 50’s for standing, so 15 x 50 seated, supported, 2 sets of 10 x 40 standing
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 (each arm)
squats: a LOT of weightless sets from 5-10 reps, a few goblet squats with 25 and 30, 2 sets of leg presses
abs: headstand (good), 2 sets of 12 twist crunch, 2 sets of 10 yoga leg lifts, 2 sets of 10 moving half bridge.

I just lost power toward the end.

The walk went fine. I did notice that my quads are looking a little bit better.

Post

I did a running race yesterday; it was 4 miles (6.4 km) on a course of moderate difficulty. There were 421 finishers and places 4 to 15 ranged from 25:10 to 27:19.

As a 38 year old, I ran 25:41, 26:10 and 25:58. So if I could transport 38 year old self into this era, I’d be cleaning up! It is no secret that the “average” race times have really slowed. But there are more options for the motivated 5:30-6:30 “workout bro”; a guy who is not fast enough to be a runner but is intense and wants to try stuff. There are adventure races, trail races, triathlons, etc.

But when it comes to competitive sports…well, a conversation I had with an undergraduate student was instructive.

We talked a bit an I had mentioned that I played high school football. He guessed that I might have been a small linebacker. When I mentioned that I was an offensive tackle, he gave me that “this makes no sense” sideways glance.

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This is me as of May, 2016. I am 6 feet tall and weigh 190 pounds. The reality: in high school, I was much too slow to play anywhere but on the line (I had to work to get my 40 yard dash DOWN to 5.9…no…I am not kidding). And in this day and age, I would have been too small to play the line (I played at 200-220 lbs.).

In short, in his era I never would have even seen the field as a high school player. So, in a sense, I was lucky to be the age that I am.

September 6, 2016 Posted by | football, running, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

Why I think that the election remains boring…

Workout notes: weights only; pull ups (5 sets of 10), bench press: 10 x 135, 5 x 185 (good), 9 x 170 (lazy), 10 x 135 incline, military: 7 x 50 dumbbell standing, 15 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 40 standing. Rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 (single arm), rotator cuff, squats (many sets, some free, some with 25), abs: 2 sets each: 12 twist crunch, 10 yoga leg lifts, 10 moving half bridge. Rotator cuff and headstand; I got up easily today.

For some reason, I am feeling rested though I am not sleeping much.

Baseball: I saw the second to last regular season Chiefs game last night;

homerandme. I got a selfie with Homer, the Chiefs mascot. I am on the right.🙂

The Chiefs lost 2-1, but I saw a spectacular throw from the right fielder to deprive the Snappers of a run.

Election President Obama’s approval continues to follow President Reagan’s.

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So while the race has tightened just a bit, Clinton remains a heavy favorite. This is reminding me of a mix of 1988, 2008 and 2012.

I still say that this year’s map will look a lot like the 2008 or 2012 one.

September 2, 2016 Posted by | baseball, weight training | , | Leave a comment

End of week 1

workout notes: easy 2 mile walk after weights.
pull ups (5 sets of 10), rotator cuff, various squats and 1 set of leg presses
incline press: 10 x 135, 5 x 155, 10 x 140
military: 8 x 50 dumbbell standing, 15 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 40 standing
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 single arm
abs (2 sets of 12 twist crunch, 10 yoga leg lifts)

It was tough to get the back lose today.

Election: yeah, I am bored. Hillary Clinton is somewhere between a 70-90 percent favorite. Gary Johnson’s 7 percent is holding steady. But, for what it is worth, I don’t want to see either him or Jill Stein (LOL) taking up space during the debates.

I’ve got some baseball coming up and …next weekend….FOOTBALL!!!!

August 26, 2016 Posted by | politics, politics/social, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment